Metaphors for the Church #1

The Doctrine of the Church - Lesson # 4

I. The body of Christ

A. Eph. 5:22-33

B. Christ as the head of the body - Col. 1:18; Eph. 4:15; 5:23

C. What are the implications of membership in the body for the individual Christian? - 1 Cor. 6:15; 12:12-31; Rom. 12:3-8

D. What does the head-body relationship imply concerning Christ's position? - Col. 1:17-18

E. What is Paul talking about in Col. 1:24?

II. Temple of God or building of God

A. Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-8; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20

B. What is the foundation of this building? - 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-22

C. What is the implication of the term "temple" and how is the indwelling of Holy Spirit related to this? What moral and spiritual obligations does this place upon the believer?

D. What does the presence of the Holy Spirit mean for sanctification?

III. The bride of Christ

A. 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:23-32; Rev. 21:9

B. When were we married (united) to Christ? - Rom. 6:1-6

C. As the bride of Christ, what is our obligation as the church? - 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:27

IV. Royal Priesthood

A. 1 Pet. 2:9; Heb. 10:19-21

B. In what ways is the New Testament priesthood different from the Old Testament priesthood?

C. What kind of sacrifice do we offer to God as priests? Heb. 13:15-16; Phil. 2:17; 4:18; Rom. 12:1-2; Rev. 8:3-5

V. Conclusion

A. How important is the church in God's plan based on each of these metaphors?

B. Name at least one hymn which illustrates one of these metaphors.

C. Memory verse - 1 Pet. 2:9